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Working Retail Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About People

People say that “everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore. I’ve long since moved on, but I learned a lot about the nature of people—and how that battle…

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do…

Why We're So Full Of Ourselves: In Defense of Narcissistic Qualities

There's a huge difference between being a "narcissist" and being self-centered, although you wouldn't know it by how often it's used as an insult. Even so, being a little self-centered isn't just a good thing, it's necessary for our mental health. Sure, there's a line, but let's talk about where that line is, and how…

What to Do on Christmas When You Don't Celebrate It

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re like me and don’t celebrate it. Then you’re stuck with a world mostly shut down and seemingly nothing to do. Fortunately you have quite a few options, whether you’re along or with friends, to make December 25th a fun day off regardless of your observances.

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